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What should the City Council focus on in 2016? In preparation for a day-long goal-setting retreat on Saturday, Mayor Kent Studebaker and the council are inviting the community to provide input via an online forum and at an informal Open House. The Open House will be held tonight (Thursday, Jan. 7) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Building, 1500 Greentree Road. Community members can drop in, visit with councilors in a relaxed setting at round tables, have a treat and share thoughts for the upcoming year. Can’t make it to the Open House? Share your thoughts online before 12 a.m. Saturday here: www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicaffairs/open-city-hall.

The Lake Oswego Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday to review changes to Community Development Code and Utility Code amendments related to stormwater management, as well as proposed amendments to the Lake Grove Village Center Overlay District. The commission will also hold a joint work session with the City Council to discuss goals for 2016. For more information, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc_pc/planning-commission-93.

After a break for the holidays, crews from the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership have resumed installing pipe down McVey Avenue toward State Street. Work hours are 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. During night construction, crews will try to keep noise to a minimum, partnership officials say, but neighbors should expect to see and hear heavy equipment and vehicles, dump trucks and material, such as pipe, steel plates and gravel. During work hours, lane closures will be in place and flaggers will be present to guide traffic through the construction zone. Expect some delays. For more information, visit www.lotigardwater.org or call 503-697-6502.

The city is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for $25,000 in financial assistance for special services or social and cultural grants for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Applications are available online and must be received by Feb. 15; grants will be awarded during the city’s budgeting process in the spring. For more information, contact the Finance Department at 503-635-0254 or go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/finance/municipal-grant-application.

The city will continue its monthly series of behind-the-scenes tours of city departments, programs and services Friday with a look at the Parks & Recreation Department. The goal of the “Get to Know LO” program is to familiarize residents with the structure, function and purpose of their city government and provide an inside look at what it takes to deliver department programs and services. Upcoming two-hour sessions will focus on the Library, Planning & Building Services, City Budget & Finance, Public Works, Police & Fire, Engineering and the Water Treatment Plant. To find out more and to register, visit www.lakeoswego.city/publicaffairs/city-department-tours.

— The Review